Saturday, 10 June 2017

Big little lies

Hello there x

I'm not sure if I've told you that before but I'm a huge soap opera lover. It started when I was little, and I know you'll probably laugh at me, but I did watch telenovelas. In fact, it was the first moment where I felt that Spanish was such a lovely language and that I'd love to learn it. I was around 10 and here I am studying Spanish Philology :)

However, today I wanted to recommend you an American miniseries that captivated me from the very first scene.

Based on the novel called Big Little Lies (what a surprise, right?) written by Liane Moriarty was taken to a big screen thanks to David E. Kelly, the producer.

It consists seven, absolutely addictive episodes, which tell us a story of four mother and their families raising their children in a small, however very money-based, if I can even say that, community.

The whole plot has to do with a murder that is unsolved, and until the end obviously, we don't know who's the murderer and who's the victim. Episode by episode we discover the secrets from the past of every mum and also we follow their present life. In each episode, we connect the dots, which keeps you interested in every single minute of it.

The intrigue, the mystery and stories of four completely different women is the reason why I hold on to my computer and had sleepless nights because I just couldn't stop.  

If you're not convinced yet let me just tell you that the main characters are cast by
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and  Shailene Woodley. I guess that no introduction is needed :)

If you have a spear moment (about an hour) you should definitely watch it, If you don't you should watch it regardless :)
Although I must tell you it is addictive! :)

Saturday, 3 June 2017

It's weekend, you know how much I love weekends. Well, I don't think there's anyone out there who doesn't like it. Unless you are that unfortunate person who has to work on the weekends. I've been there I've done that, so trust me I know what you feel, especially now when the sun is out and people are doing barbecues.

I believe that it should be banned to work on the weekend but then who would attend us if we end up in the hospital or who would attend all those shopaholics?

Anyways what I wanted to write about is the time.

Many people complain about a hectic day of living. It is obvious that we would want to have more time for leisure and pleasure.
Howeve, I believe it is more about how well we can organise out spear hours rather then how much do we actually have.
All of us, the ones who work, the ones who study, the rich and the poor we all have 24 hours a day.

Just think about how much time do you waist on watching the tv or scrolling Instagram photos or Twitter, huh?
Even the traffic, maybe sometimes under if taking a bus or car to get to work it would be easier or maybe even faster and for sure healthier to cycle wherever it is that you have to go.

There's so many thing that you can be more productive at, little habit that you can change in order to have more time for yourself :)

I'm planning on doing that do thing that I love while doing those less pleasant :)
Like dancing while washing up the dishes for example. Or studying with your best friend on the terrace with a coffee :)

Consider it!

Love

Alex 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

DIY

Have you ever heard of DIY?
Do you know what that shortcut stands for?

In order to be as specific as you can be, let me give you a proper definition that is taken from Cambridge Dictionary website:

DIY: abbreviation for do-it-yourself: the activity of decorating or repairing your home, or making things for your home yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it for you:

So for me, it's an amazing way of making things by yourself. The internet is full of ideas starting from small flowers decorations up to making your own lightbulb. There's no doubt that some of them might turn out to be such a waste of time, other on the other hand could be a new way of developing your skills.
Certainly, there are things that it is just easier to go and buy at shops, but why would you go and spend money on something that you can make by yourself?

Let me give you an example: Christmas cards, normally they cost you about 2 pounds, however, the fancier they get the more money you'll have to spend. Why don't you make your own card? Trust me not only you will have fun, but also the person that one day receives that kind of gift will appreciate way more as the effort that you put in making it will be seen at first sight :) Obviously some of the DIY ideas; such as making your own speaker, not to mention all those precious decorations,  are only reserved for those people who are either mechanically or manually talented. However, nowadays you can learn almost anything, as you have guides that show you step by step what to do. So, why not give it a shot?

Monday, 22 May 2017

There's no place like home ...

They say that there's no place like home, right?

I often get that feeling of anger or maybe sadness after a nice trip which I to would call a post trip syndrome.
I could describe it as the first state of a slight depression that we might suffer after being abroad. Well, it doesn't necessarily have to be abroad but somewhere where we felt like in heaven.

So, I've just come back from one of those places that made me feel like that and I realised that, each time, after being somewhere else I catch myself on being sad, let alone depressed.

Why does that happen? Is it because you had such a great time wherever you were or maybe because it was just a clear out for your mind? Does it have to do with the place you chose to travel to or maybe with the company you were surrounded by?

What if there's always that feeling inside of you that you don't belong to any of those places, what if you can't really stand living in one city for a long period of time?

I guess that what if  could go on forever. Nevertheless, I know that wherever I go I leave there a little piece of my heart, and anytime I can easily recall that little box, that we all have inside of us, that is full of memories, and just make myself feel better.

And even though people say you shouldn't hold on to memories I believe that this is the one thing that can never be taken away from us, which makes it very special and unique.

As always I end up talking about something else then I wanted to write about first.

I hope that at least in parts you were able to understand what I was trying to tell you :)

Have a good night x
 


Friday, 12 May 2017

Knowledge

I remember someone told me once the less you know the better. 

I was on the train, had so much time to think, in fact, it was more overthinking rather than thinking. Anyways, the sentence that I mention above crossed my mind and I thought  I wish sometimes I didn't know as much as I do. Sounds really mysterious, doesn't it? Well, I'm not really trying to discover anything new by saying that, I just know that many times to know is leading to misery. Why is that?

Do you recall my previous blog where I said that travelling is not as amazing as everyone is telling us? Same happens with knowledge, at least it does happen to me every now and then.

I do like History, and I believe that it is important to know where you're coming from, what are your roots, who were your ancestors and what did they believe in. However, I get this shiver when I'm reading next book about Holocaust or Spanish Civil War or any other book that reminds us of the cruelty that a human being was and yet is able to commit. That kind of books make me question my life my beliefs, which is good, nevertheless, they make me feel sad. I realise it sounds trivial, but by knowing more and more I loose something that should never be taken away from us, hope.
Hope that we are able to create a better life and world for ourselves.
It probably appears highly pessimistic, but every day we are surrounded by negativity.
Our friends, family, the news they all are mostly transmitting bad information, not the good one.
Do I want that for myself? I know it is inevitable, and certainly, it is up to me whether I let that affect me or nor, but sometimes I just feel like if only I lived in a lost house somewhere in the woods.
I would probably grow my own vegetables, I would probably go for long walks, I would enjoy every single minute, you know why? Because I simply wouldn't know that there is something else out there.
I wouldn't compare that the river here is uglier than the river in Spain. That we have less sunny days than Italy does, that my friend earns more money even though she doesn't even have a degree.
What is more, I wouldn't know what cruelty means because I wouldn't have anyone to show or teach me what it is.  However, I also would what love is and within ten nasty people I would never get to know 1 person who is worth fighting for.

Is it better not to know? I have no clue, but the idea of leaving everything behind even if it was only for 2/3 days does sound tempting!
No phone, no facebook, no friends, no family, no books just you and nature.
Well, we would probably go nuts after couple of days, but it is worth giving a try :)

Good night x
   

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Traveling

It´s Saturday again!! :)

I caught myself thinking today about all those breathtaking places. Unfortunately, as a person who still belongs to a young-ish generation, I do have Instagram and it is full of photos of the places that are just incredible. I could stare at them forever! 
I'm just really into nature, lake, sea, forest it just makes me so peaceful. However, this is not exactly what I want to write about. 

Have you ever had that feeling like the more you travel the more unquenchable you are? Well, I have, in fact, I often have that feeling. 

As you may have noticed there are many people who would tell you how amazing the travelling is, not me though I'm here to tell you that it it not as wonderful as it seems.
You're probably thinking I'm nuts but just think for a second... 

Are you getting my point yet? Nope, ok let me explain. 

What they don't tell you is that once you start, once you see the beauty of the "difference"  you'll never be able to stop!
You want to explore more and more and you have never enough! 
You start to feel that your life is not long enough and you'll never be able to see what the world has yet to offer :)

Obviously, I'm a little bit of a joker here, nevertheless, I do believe in bits in what I've written :)

Have a good day x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Just do it

Just do it 

This sentence is mostly associated with nike brand, isn´t it? Straightaway we connect it with a workout, with strength or with being fit? Do you agree with me on that? Recently people got caught up in that fit freak revolution that they tend to forget that just do it doesn't have to mean move your bum and do some exercise. There's no doubt that workout is good for you. I'm not trying to question that, what is more, I'm also a person who tries to go jogging or at least go for a walk as it helps me to clear my mind. However, today I'd like to tell you that any dream that you have anything that you wish for the smallest desire that you have JUST DO IT!

I know it will sound silly since it's me who's saying that and, oh well I'm only 24 and what could I possibly know right? Nevertheless, I heard that sentence somewhere and I truly love it!

There's nothing worst then wake up one day being old and realise that there's something that you haven't done, haven't tried, haven't experienced.

I'm aware of the fact that many of those dreams that we have are quite hard to achieve, as the is involved, however, think about it in this way: the more you try closer you get to your goal. What's more, many times on the way of getting what you want you learn so many different things, you get to know amazing people, you gain experience and this, my dear is priceless.

I remember when I was I high school I used to envy my friends that they would go to all those language courses abroad, and my family simply couldn't afford it. I used to think that I would never be able to come to the level of English that they had, and here I am I know 3 different languages.

I still keep in my mind that feeling of pride when I went to Spain and I paid all the trip for my own earned money.

There were so many things I was afraid to do because either I thought that I wasn't good enough or I was terrified that I would fail. And I did fail sometimes, but guess what it was all worth it!!! I met amazing people I developed as a human being and I don't regret a single second of it.
ou probably wonder what is it that I did. Well, I might tell you anytime soon :)

For now, just hear me out: JUST DO IT !!!